How to Hug your Three-Year-Old Daughter

How to Hug Your Three-Year-Old Daughter

Paul B. Janeczko 


Be Prepared

to be quick.


The hug may come

when you expect it least;

you’re carrying a cup of hot coffee

answering her call sleepy eyed

lifting bread from the oven.


The hug may come

around your knees

before she darts off

or from behind

as you stoop

to fish for the remote

from beneath the couch


Don’t be afraid

to ask for one.

Get down on your knees

Spread your arms

to improve her aim.

Close your eyes.

Let her eager abruptness

startle you.



Tomorrow is prompt.


Be prepared

to be quick.



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